Bill Putnam, MD
Joe B. "Bill" Putnam, Jr., MD, FACS, has extensive experience in the surgical management of a wide spectrum of simple and complex thoracic diseases. Dr. Putnam’s research has focused on improving outcomes in thoracic surgery, and evaluating novel therapies for thoracic diseases. His areas of expertise include:
Chest Wall Tumors
Benign and Malignant Lung Diseases
Medical Director, Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center
A Thoracic Surgeon provides the operative, perioperative care and critical care of patients with acquired and congenital pathologic conditions within the chest. Included are the surgical repair of heart lesions, and congenital and acquired conditions of the heart, including the pericardium, coronary arteries, valvesand myocardium. It also includes pathologic conditions of the lung, esophagus and chest wall, abnormalities of the great vessels, tumors of the mediastinum, and diseases of the diaphragm and pericardium. Management of the airway and injuries of the chest are within the scope of the specialty.
Thoracic Surgeons have the knowledge, experience and technical skills to accurately diagnose, safely operate upon and effectively manage patients with thoracic diseases of the chest. This requires substantial knowledge of cardiorespiratory physiology and oncology, as well as capability in the use of heart assist devices, management of abnormal heart rhythms and drainage of the chest cavity, respiratory support systems, endoscopy and invasive and noninvasive diagnostic techniques.
American Board of Thoracic Surgery
1989 - 2019
A General Surgeon has expertise in the diagnosis and care of patients with diseases and disorders affecting the abdomen, digestive tract, endocrine system, breast, skin and blood vessels. A General Surgeon is also trained in the care of pediatric and cancer patients and in the treatment of patients who are injured or critically ill. Common problems treated by general surgeons include hernias, breast tumors, gallstones, appendicitis, pancreatitis, bowel obstructions, colon inflammation and colon cancer. General Surgeons increasingly provide care through the use of minimally invasive and endoscopic techniques. Some General Surgeons pursue additional training for one to two years and specialize in the fields of Trauma Surgery, Transplant Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Pediatric Surgery, Vascular Surgery and others.
American Board of Surgery
1987 - 1997
Education & Training:
Doctor of Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
1975 - 1979
John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
1979 - 1981
National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD
1981 - 1984
University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
1984 - 1986
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
1986 - 1988
Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville
Baptist Medical Center South
Legal Practice Name:
Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Physicians
From the Doctor:
In addition to my knowledge of simple and complex thoracic disease I also have expertise in resection of complex thoracic tumors, advanced intrathoracic cancers, reoperative thoracic surgery (including reoperative esophageal surgery), and the multi-disciplinary management of thoracic neoplasms.